Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs

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This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about every outdoorsman’s favorite and most loyal hunting partner: his dog. For the first time, the stories of acclaimed writers such as Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines, Rick Bass, Sydney Lea, Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Phil Caputo, and Chris Camuto, come together in one collection. Hunters and non-hunters alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of owning dogs: companionship, ...

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Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs

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Overview

This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about every outdoorsman’s favorite and most loyal hunting partner: his dog. For the first time, the stories of acclaimed writers such as Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines, Rick Bass, Sydney Lea, Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Phil Caputo, and Chris Camuto, come together in one collection. Hunters and non-hunters alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of owning dogs: companionship, triumph, joy, forgiveness, and loss.

The hunter’s outdoor spirit meets the writer’s passion for detail in these honest, fresh pieces of storytelling. Here are the days spent on the trail, shotgun in hand with Fido on point—the thrills and memories that fill the hearts of bird hunters. Here is the perfect gift for dog lovers, hunters, and bibliophiles of every makeup. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the wild spirit of dogs and those who love them.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"By turns wise, funny, and tragic, Afield explores the uniquely symbiotic bond between human and canine hunters. A gorgeous collection of bird-dog tales by some of America's most distinguished writers/sportsmen."
—Jim Fergus

"In this splendid, all-star collection of stories, bird dogs have at last got the book they deserve. Buy two. Even if your dog doesn't read."
—Charles Gaines

"Some of these stories have the power of a shotgun blast, and some will rip your heart out, but every one of them rings true. DeMott and Smith have put together the best collection of writing about bird dogs that I've ever seen. No sap, no sunsets—just great stores, beautifully told."
—Sid Evans, Garden & Gun

"In Afield, some of our best writers lay bare the fantastically high expectations and, ultimately, certain heartbreak that attend plunking down cold cash for a hunting dog—a fool's gamble anyway, because, as these delightfully literate stories well attests, in the end, out dogs own us."
—Dennis Anderson, Outdoors Columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A perfect treasure for anyone who loves bird dogs and bird hunting."
—Jimbo Meador

"Afield's dual charms lie in its focus on the love of dogs many of us can identify with and the introduction for many of us to fine writers with whom we might never otherwise have become acquainted."
Upland Almanac

"Buy this book. You won't regret it."
Wisconsin Outdoor News

"The most original and literate collection of sports writing to come out in years . . . poignant, quirky, and always entertaining."
Sporting Clays Magazine

"Some of America's best writers . . . confess their exasperations, admiration and unalloyed love for the dogs they have trained, hunted with and, ultimately, mourned."
Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781629147833
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author


Robert DeMott is Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University and author or editor of many books, including Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on His Art; Brief and Glorious Transit: Prose Poems; Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing; and Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs. A flyfisher for more than half a century, he is a Federation of Fly Fishers–certified casting instructor and life member of Trout Unlimited.

Dave Smith has been twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and once a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Elliot Coleman Professor of Poetry and Chairman of The Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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